The U.S. men's national soccer team held a light training session at Rio Tinto Stadium Thursday evening.
The national team jogged around the pitch and played "soccer tennis," a mixture of the two games reminiscent of volleyball without using one's hands.
Nick Rimando, Real Salt Lake's goalkeeper and member of the national team, and his fellow goalkeepers Brad Guzan and Tim Howard nearly defeated every other soccer tennis team, ultimately losing the championship match.Comment on this story
"Everyone's having a good time," USA defender Omar Gonzalez said. "We know after these next couple of days it's time to get serious, but right now the mood's pretty light."
Following practice, a few national team members spoke about practice and what they hope for on Tuesday when they face Honduras in a World Cup qualifier.
"Now we're here at home, and I think it will be a totally different game," Gonzalez said. "The crowd here at Rio Tinto is always great. I think they are gonna pull together and cheer for us hopefully as loud as Seattle."